Walking Perranuthnoe to Cudden Point
Distance 1.7 miles (2.7 km).
Grid reference SW538293 to SW550278.
Park your car in the small car park at Perranuthnoe. Our walk followed Walk 9 in Book 1 of the 'Classic Walks Cornwall' series. Pay the attendant and walk a few metres towards the sea. Just before the small cafe turn sharp left and be on the lookout for the coastal footpath signs. Head up the metalled until you reach a sharp left hand bend. Leave the road now and proceed along the coastal footpath straight ahead of you. The path has been moved inland due to the cliffs crumbling on the former path. Pass by some houses and through a couple of small fields. Bear right as indicated down the wide track. The large finger of land jutting out into the sea ahead of you is Cudden Point. Bear right then left past marker posts as the path narrows. Shortly, you pick up the coast path proper again just above Trebarvah Cliff. The path is well marked here and wends its way eastwards along the low cliffs. Depending on the state of the tide it may be possible to see the boulders on the beach below or watch the sea breaking with white foam against the rocky shore. Climb slightly on your way past Trevean Cove, before taking the narrow inland path as shown by the small waymarker post.
On reaching Favel's Hole, stop and admire the view of St. Michael's Mount to your right. Now at the mid-point of the walk proceed along the grassy area of Stackhouse Cliff, looking up to your left to the castellated features of the Acton Castle Hotel. The path now begins to climb, gently at first, through the bracken as Cudden Point fills your view.
Pass the chasm of Arch Zawn [grid ref SW550280], then climb steeply up to crest the Point - some 61m (200 feet) above sea level. Once you have caught your breath, take time out to admire the view westwards to Mount's Bay, Newlyn and Mousehole. Now look left (east) to see the mile long stretch of Praa ('Pray') Sands, Trewavas Head, Loe Bar and Gunwalloe on the Lizard. Below you lie the picturesque inlets of Piskies Cove and Bessy's Cove, better known collectively as Prussia Cove. Cudden Point is one of those places where you can really get a feel for the shape of Cornwall - in a geographical sense. Looking for somewhere to stay? Why not try the excellent facilities Ednovean Farm for Bed, Breakfast and a chance to savour this part of Cornwall at its best.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: